Live Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs South Africa, one-off Test, Day 1 at Harare
Mark Vermeulen, who infamously burned down Zimbabwe’s cricket academy back in 2006, is playing in the one-off Test © Getty Images

Aug 9, 2014

 

Zimbabwe face World No 1 Test side South Africa in an one-off Test on Saturday in Harare and will be hoping for a miracle to win their first Test since 2011. The last time the minnows won a Test match was against Bangladesh in 2011. Catch the Live Scorecard of the match here.

 

Zimbabwe  have never defeated South Africa in Test cricket, losing six of the seven games they’ve played. Catch the Live Blog of the match here. The expectation is that the Proteas will inflict a similar defeat to the ones Zimbabwe suffered back in 2005 — the last time that the sides encountered each other in Test cricket.

 

Not only did Zimbabwe lose both Tests by an innings, but the first match ended inside two days and the second lasted just three. Hamilton Masakadza, Elton Chigumbura and Brendan Taylor are the three current Zimbabwe players who will have some harsh memories from that match, while AB de Villiers is the only South African to have spanned the nine-year gap.

 

This clash finds the hosts at a particularly low ebb following their one-day series draw at home to Afghanistan last month, but captain Taylor insists they are excited by the challenge. One batsman with a good chance of playing is Mark Vermeulen, who infamously burned down Zimbabwe’s cricket academy back in 2006.